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Application Requirements

The Master of Arts degree in human services (HMS) is designed to provide advanced professional education for students who have an undergraduate education in human services or who have completed specific prerequisite courses to prepare them for study in the field. It is a multidisciplinary degree that prepares students to become competent as human services professionals for multiple roles and settings. The degree contains core courses that teach skills and concepts needed by all human services professionals and integrates content from several academic concentrations to allow students to develop specific expertise.

The concentrations are:

  1. alcoholism and substance abuse,
  2. child and family studies,
  3. gerontology, and
  4. social services administration (online).

Courses teach students to design, assess, treat, plan for, advocate for, counsel with, manage, and collaborate with individuals, groups, or agencies needing and using human services.

To be eligible for full admission to the master of arts program in human services applicants must have earned a baccalaureate degree with a minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale and completed courses in lifespan development and research methods.

Applicants must apply both to the university and to the Human Services program. On each of these applications, please be sure to indicate which one of the four concentrations you are applying for. Two references and a statement of intent will need to be included; all documents may be found at our Admission Requirements page.

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University of Illinois Springfield
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Springfield, Illinois 62703-5407



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